Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

0245 The Sound Of The Flute - Poem by Michael Shepherd

Listen to the sound of this reed-flute –
hear what it says. First, it laments
its banishment; its tearing away
from its home, its reed-bed. And
this alone, tears at the yearning heart
of all those whose heart feels far from home.
Listen to it.

Then behind its breathy air
is fire – the fire of love; that sound
which tells every love-story in the world,
of lovers, parted, yearning to be
together once more. This flute first
tells of separation; then of unity.
Listen to it.

Do not listen to this dangerous
flute, unless you wish to hear
the innermost secrets of your heart –
the parting and the separation,
the yearning, yearning, for return –
Dare you listen to this story of pain, of love?
Listen to it.


(freely taken from the Prologue to Book I of the Masnavi I Ma’navi
of Maulana Jalalu’din Muhammad Rumi, the founder Dervish)


Comments about 0245 The Sound Of The Flute by Michael Shepherd

  • (1/2/2006 8:21:00 AM)


    'Hearken to this reed forlorn'...nice, easy translation. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 2, 2006

Poem Edited: Friday, July 14, 2006


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